Canvas. How is it Made

Canvas, like many other fabrics, has a long history. Dating back to 3,000 B.C. where it was used to construct sails, shelter and other such items. Original canvas was made from hemp but later changed to cotton due its durability.

In modern times canvas is used for an array of different applications, the water resistance makes it suitable for items used outdoors. Most popular uses include: tents, marquees, paintings and of course backpacks.


Canvas manufacture is suited to warmer climates and a majority of canvas fabric comes from the USA and China. Canvas is woven using a symmetrical pattern, the thread is passed over and under repeatedly. This symmetry gives the fabric a sturdy, well balanced property.

Canvas Fabric in a Plain Weave

The fabric is made in a variety of different thicknesses with the thicker fabrics being stronger and harder wearing. The thickness is measured in ounces per square foot and ranges from around 7oz to 30oz. Different thicknesses lend themselves better to certain uses. For example 10-15oz is predominantly used by artists for paintings whereas 30oz is mostly used for heavy duty covers and industrial bags.

We love using canvas to make our bags, we find the material is extremely dynamic. It can be shaped in many different ways. The hard wearing texture is well suited for backpacks and duffle bags, it shapes and flexes to its content and the water resistance removes the hassle of rain worries. A majority of canvas bags are made from 13-18oz fabric, at Kurtis Paul all our bags are made from a thick 20oz. The additional thickness ensures our products are of top quality and gives a higher end finish. The thicker fabric is particularly noticeable when the bags are not full, a thinner fabric creases more showing the shape of content whereas a 20oz has a firmer feel and is more forgiving when the bag is only partially filled.

Canvas Collection

Coming Summer 2016


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